When God's people were in exile and the temple in Jerusalem was razed, they probably thought they would never see prosperous times again. It's easy, even for us, to fall into despair. But today's first reading from Zechariah 8 should give all hope for the future.
"Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun. I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem. They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice."
Throughout history, just when all seems lost, God comes to the rescue. He has done it before, and he will do it again and again. While it may seem today that the world is having its way, God is at work. So don't despair! God will intervene and come to the rescue at just the right time.
Father, we trust in you. Help us to never lose hope, knowing that you will rescue us. Amen.
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